Maduro Says He ‘Repudiates’ Trump Statement on Possible Venezuela Blockade

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said he rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement about a possible blockade of the South American country, adding that its seas would remain “free and independent.”

Maduro said he had asked Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, to denounce the “illegal” threat to the U.N. Security Council.

“All of Venezuela, in a civic-military union, repudiates and rejects the statements of Donald Trump about a supposed quarantine, of a supposed blockade,” Maduro said in a state television broadcast. “A blockade, why would he announce that? It is clearly illegal.”

The United States has applied sanctions and diplomatic pressure to try to get Maduro, whom it accuses of human rights violations and stealing the Venezuelan election last year, to step down.

On Thursday, when asked by a reporter whether he was considering such a measure given involvement by China and Iran in Venezuela, Trump said: “Yes, I am.” He gave no details.

On Friday, a senior U.S. official said Trump’s word on the issue should be taken “very seriously” but that the administration did not want to give away “the element of surprise.”

(Reporting by Luc Cohen and Deisy Buitrago; Editing by Leslie Adler and Grant McCool)

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Screwtape
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Suck down another empanada while your people starve, you over-promoted bus driver and now dictator. That will accomplish as much as your “repudiation”

It’s hilarious he calls on the UN, an equally incompetent and dictator-enabling organization.

Sirvando Vargas
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Another South American Dictator , ruling by the Gun. With the exception of the last Con man, Obamba, we had in office, America only supports Leaders by Public Democratic elections, not Gun toting self declared “El Supremos”.

Otis
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Cuber supports this weasel and I’ll bet JFK, who despite present family leanings, would have had Maduro dealt with in no uncertain terms.
JFK was a loyal American whether anyone likes it or not and Hugo Chavez too would have been dealt with appropriately, ergo, no Maduro.
I realize ‘we do not do that’ sort of thing anymore, but sometimes craniums should be removed from necks, just sayin’.

Anna Ostby
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Watch the leftyloons in the country go to court and block president Trump and call a blockade racist.

Joey
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Joey

Maduro is the one who is illegal. He is no more than another dictator like Castro. He can denounce all the wants but if he keeps threatening our country he may get a big surprise. He is not fooling with Obama.

william jackson
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Ha—-funny—looks like Trump got Maduro’s attention. Maduro should pay more attention to the economy of Venezuela, feeding Venezuelans and securing an adequate supply of toilet paper for the country. Hope all the globalists pushing Socialism, look at Venezuela, as the perfect example of what happens under the rule of Socialism. From a wealthy, prosperous country to an absolute dump, in a short period of time. (Notice that the way Socialism works—the dictator never misses a meal, always dressed to the nines in an opulent fashion—–while the common person struggles in rags.—-that’s Socialism for you people—-please explain this to America’s Socialist… Read more »

Pamela Hayden
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Pamela Hayden

I don’t understand why any country has not stepped up to stop Meduro and his Tyrrany

Pamela Hayden
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Pamela Hayden

I don’t understand why any Country has not stepped in to stop Meduro from his Tyranny.

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